The siren call of the hot cup of tea with honey has long been a method for unwinding after a long day. Whether you're brewing a cup for yourself, or your friends and family, tea just makes sense. It's warm, soothing, and perfect for any occasion. It's also tasty! What's not to love about it?
Not all teas are created equal, though. Whether you’re looking for something more exciting than regular green tea or just want a naturally caffeine free drink, here are 3 tea herbs we highly recommend for your next brew:
Since ancient times, peppermint has been used to soothe upset stomachs. Its refreshing menthol flavor makes it a popular choice no matter the season. What could be better than coming home at the end of a long day and sipping on a refreshing cup of peppermint tea while you dive into your favorite book?
In addition to peppermint’s famous flavor, it also contains Vitamin C, manganese, copper, and antioxidants.
2. Lemon Balm
Throughout history, lemon balm has been valued for its soothing effects on the body. It’s no wonder that the ancient physician, Avicenna, claimed that it ‘causeth the mind and heart to become merry.’
The herb has a gentle, lemon-mint flavor that pairs well with honey and makes for a soothing cup of tea. Just like peppermint, lemon balm contains antioxidants and serves as a natural source of vitamin C.
3. Holy Basil (aka Tulsi)
Holy basil is sacred in India and has been used for medicinal purposes for almost 3000 years. It has a sweet scent and a slightly spicy taste with hints of cloves. The leaves of this plant are perfect for making detox tea.
Holy basil is a natural source of vitamins A and C and is loaded with antioxidants.
Growing your own tea herbs
Tea is more than just a drink; it's an experience. So why settle for anything less than the cleanest, freshest herbs for your next cup? If you’ve always liked the idea of growing your own tea garden but don’t have the time or space, a Click and Grow smart garden can be a great option.
Many of us are used to tea bags. While they’re convenient, they don’t taste as bright or possess the same aroma as loose leaf tea. Since tea bags are so small, they don’t infuse as well as loose leaves. Tea bags are also missing many of the essential oils that fresh leaves contain.
If you’d like to start growing your own tea herbs this month, why not go for our ‘Big Herbal Tea Kit’? It gives you everything you need to start your very own indoor tea garden. The bundle includes the Smart Garden 9, along with the three tea herbs listed in this blog post. In no time at all you’ll be growing fresh tea herbs on your kitchen counter or office desk!
Even when you aren't brewing a tea with them, having herbs growing in your smart garden will give your room a pleasant fragrance.